Wolverhampton pub The Pendulum loses licence for lockdown serving
Stephen Sarki Musa
May. 22, 2020
A pub has had its licence revoked for serving alcohol in defiance of the coronavirus lockdown measures.
The Pendulum, in Pendeford, Wolverhampton, had its licence suspended after police found evidence after being tipped off.
The licence holder was in "deliberate defiance" of the lockdown, West Midlands Police said.
Allowing him to continue would be "like leaving Ronnie Biggs in charge of Network Rail", a hearing was told.
Police barrister Gary Grant made the comment at a meeting of Wolverhampton City Council licensing sub-committee this week, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.
The pub's licensee is yet to comment on the case.
Licence holder Mr Soran Rostam had "deliberately and knowingly" broken the government's lockdown restrictions, Mr Grant explained.
Latest news from the West Midlands
The committee heard how police received an anonymous call on 28 March stating the pub had been open the day before, with up to 10 people drinking inside.
Officers visited the pub on 6 April and spotted three people inside, the committee was told, including a man who paid for two drinks at the bar and a woman who followed shortly after.
CCTV footage later obtained by police showed when officers had arrived, the man and woman had been let out the back door, police said.
Mr Rostam was issued with a coronavirus prohibition notice on 17 April and his licence was revoked on Wednesday.
Committee chairman councillor Alan Bolshaw, said he was "emphatic" that "the behaviour displayed was totally unacceptable".
Pubs were told to close by the government on 20 March .
Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram . Send your story ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Floyd's death 'so similar' to Sheku'sCoronavirus: People shielding allowed outdoors from 8 JuneAsia's fishermen and farmers go digital during virusAs coronavirus shakes up the future of work, how much is it fast-tracking what was already in motion?Coronavirus: Students might have to stay in 'protective bubble'